Robert F. Green

Robert F. Green

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Intellectual Property Litigation Attorney in Chicago, IL

Green, Griffith & Borg-Breen LLP
 | 676 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 3900
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 312-883-8000
Fax: 312-883-8001
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1974
Practice Areas:
  • Intellectual Property Litigation (70%),
  • Intellectual Property (30%)
    Attorney Profile

    A highly-regarded industry leader and founding partner of Green, Griffith & Borg-Breen, Bob’s influence extends from the courtroom to corporate board rooms to the shelves of neighborhood drugstores. His work as lead counsel for both plaintiffs and defendants since the 1984 passage of the Hatch-Waxman Act has affected more than 40 drug products.

    Bob’s aim has always been to provide clients with personalized IP advice and guidance tailored precisely to their business needs. Clients rely on his vast firsthand understanding of the complex issues they face; they value his strategic counsel to weigh their legal options against business goals and considerations and they trust him to work tirelessly to accomplish those goals.

    Adept at formulating winning patent strategies for both brand and generic pharmaceutical companies, Bob also assists clients in navigating issues related to the interplay between the FDA and the pharma industry. Bob has broad experience in managing patent portfolios as well as in counseling and rendering opinions on patent validity, patent infringement and other proprietary information across multiple industries. Bob has argued numerous pharmaceutical patent appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. 

    When co-founding Green Griffith, Bob and his partners sought out attorneys who, like themselves, offered deep scientific knowledge coupled with a passion for client-centered legal strategy.

    Prior to founding Green Griffith in 2015, Bob served as vice president of Leydig, Voit & Mayer, Ltd. He previously worked as lead patent counsel for Akzo’s chemical division and as the Patent Counsel for Celanese Chemical.  

    About Robert Green

    Admitted: 1974, Illinois

    Professional Webpage:


    • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America in Litigation – Intellectual Property Law, 2016‐2021
    • Recognized by Illinois Super Lawyers list in Intellectual Property Litigation, 2009‐2021, Illinois Super Lawyers
    • Recognized as an “IP Star” by Managing IP, 2018-2020
    • Selected as a “Life Sciences Star” in LMG Life Sciences, 2012‐2020
    • Listed in Intellectual Asset Management’s (IAM) Patent 1000 in Litigation, 2015-2020
    • Selected by peers as a Leading Lawyer in Intellectual Property Law and Patent Law, 2004-2021, Advisory Board Member, 2016-2021 – Leading Lawyers Network, Leading Lawyers Network
    • Named as one of “The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners” in Intellectual Asset Management’s (IAM) 1000, 2012
    • Recognized as one of “The World’s Leading Patent Litigators” in Intellectual Asset Management’s IAM Patent Litigation 250, 2011
    • Named as one of “The World’s Leading Life Sciences Patent Litigators” in Intellectual Asset Management’s IAM Life Sciences 250, 2010

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Registered Patent Attorney, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, No. 27,555
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • State of Illinois Supreme Court

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • “The US Pharmaceutical Industry-Driving Forces-Patent And FDA,” speaker for first round panel presentation, AIPPI Israel 2018: 3rd International Convention on The Economy of Innovation, Tel Aviv, Israel, 2018
    • Moderated IP track “The Impact of KSR, Seagate, Quanta, and Bilski on Business Decisions,” Inside Counsel SuperConference, Chicago, IL, 2009
    • “Non‐Patent Exclusivity,” presented at the FDA Boot Camp‐Chicago Edition, Chicago, IL, 2006, 2007
    • “Innovation and its Discontents,” presented at the John Marshall Law School, Chicago, IL, 2005
    • “Shared Exclusivity Past, Present and Future,” presented at the Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPhA), Legal Symposium, Boca Raton, FL, 2004

    Educational Background:

    • The John Marshall Law School, J.D., 1974
    • University of Illinois, B.S. in Chemistry, 1971

    Industry Groups

    • Chemical
    • Pharmaceutical
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    Office Location for Robert F. Green

    676 N. Michigan Avenue
    Suite 3900
    Chicago, IL 60611

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    Last Updated: 9/10/2020

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